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GeForce 9400 GT 256MB vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

The GeForce 9400 GT 256MB has a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 256 MB of GDDR2 memory runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 16 Stream Processors, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 210, which features GPU clock speed of 589 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 memory running at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 50 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (61%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 210 should be a small bit (about 7%) better at AF than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 4400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 312 (7%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 210 will be just a bit (about 7%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 9400 GT 256MB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9400 GT 256MB 2200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 156 (7%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 9400 GT 256MB

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GeForce GT 210

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9400 GT 256MB GeForce GT 210
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2008 October 2009
Code Name G96a GT218
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 589 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 4400 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2200 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 16
Texture Mapping Units 8 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type GDDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 314 million 260 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0, PCI PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9400 GT 256MB

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GeForce GT 210

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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